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Do people homeschool in St. Charles/Batavia/Geneva area?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
We're looking to move there, but not sure how big of a homeschool movement there is. As I understand it, the schools there are relatively good so I wonder if people move there FOR the schools and therefore don't homeschool...?

Thanks!
post #2 of 13
There are tons of homeschooling families in Illinois because it's probably one of the easiest states in which to homeschool.

I would bet there are homeschool groups in that area. If not, you could easily hook up with families in McHenry County (where I live) where homeschooling is really popular. The schools here are great, too, but there will always be a section of the population who homeschools (for us it's about quality of education and my boys will either be homeschooled or go to the Montessori school nearby which is K-8).
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yes, we're already homeschooling in IL. We come from NJ which is a step closer to "absolutely nothing" than IL if you can imagine. At least here in IL, the hs'd kids are explicitly granted SpEd services. In NJ, there's NOTHING. If your district gives you services, you're likely going to have to fight about it. So I'm liking it here better. Plus you have a small tax credit and the option of getting a diploma from a local district (I wouldn't go through all the nonsense, but it's nice for the families that want it). AND the kids can take electives at the public schools. The options are great.

I just don't want to look into buying a house up there if I don't have the same kind of hs community I have where I am. I don't need to leave where I am, but it would be nice to have a bit more land. I don't see any Yahoo groups specific to the area.
post #4 of 13
Hehe here I am again! Check the meet-up groups for a group in that area. There is an awesome homeschool co-op in Elgin that lots of families from St. Charles and Batavia go to. Try searching by county too. There is a Dupage homeschool group that we are part of
post #5 of 13
There are a ton of homeschoolers (and groups) in this area! We're just getting started ourselves and were pleased with all of the options. I'm a chiropractor in St. Charles and have a lot of patients who homeschool too. Very popular!
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by jr'smom View Post
There are a ton of homeschoolers (and groups) in this area! We're just getting started ourselves and were pleased with all of the options. I'm a chiropractor in St. Charles and have a lot of patients who homeschool too. Very popular!


My kids attend a Waldorf school in that area, but we know of many families who have/do homeschool. This can be a good area to be crunchy. Lots of resources available if you seek them out.
post #7 of 13
Yep, there is a great arts based co-op in Elgin, and an academic and arts based one on the west side of Naperville (so 20-30 min to either).

There are also tons of groups on yahoo or meetup to connect with.

The InHome conference is held in St. Charles every spring too. It's a statewide event, and really fun.

We really like that area, we were looking for houses there. yes, the public schools are good (St. Charles ranks the highest) and we really enjoy the river being nearby.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
We're in Aurora on the edge of Naperville right now (in fact, the kids here go to Naperville schools). I didn't think that driving from that area to here for hsing stuff was do-able. Isn't it like an hour one-way?

We went to InHome last year. I started to wonder if it was about being central to several popular hsing "communities" around the northern part of the state--ya know?

Thanks all!!!
post #9 of 13
There are Meetup.com homeschooling groups in the area
post #10 of 13
I am in the Holistic Learners Homeschool group via Meetup.com and this group is outstanding in everyway. Extremely supportive and great group of families and kids - a true "community". The group is selective in its admission, as it is not trying to be a large group of people who do not know each other but one that knows and can support each other. So check it out and email Pamela if you are interested. There a ton of homeschooling families in the area. Welcome to the burbs.
post #11 of 13
Thanks for all the helpful replies on this thread! I had not even thought to look at meetup.com. I can't find one in Elgin on there however. Is it still there or should I be searching for something different?
post #12 of 13
For meetup.com, when you search for "homeschool" in Elgin, IL, one comes up in Algonquin, one in St. Charles, one in Streamwood, and one in W. Chicago.

I am personally in the meetup group based in St. Charles. There are members who live in Elgin and very near Elgin.

Really all of these groups have membership from a pretty wide area.

If you are interested in the one in St. Charles, please feel free to PM me any questions

I see there was a post specifically about a coop in Elgin; that person might have been referring to GIFT; it is very popular.

http://www.gifthomeschool.org/
post #13 of 13

Look for Positive Connections in the Meetup . . .great group and they meet in that area.  I wish we lived further west!

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